Scuba diving in Switzerland

Diving in Switzerland

Diving in Switzerland — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

Switzerland is world-renowned for making some of the, if not the most precise mechanical watches in the world, but what is its reputation when it comes to scuba diving?

Well, just because Switzerland is nestled deep inside inland Europe, bordered by no seas or oceans, and its lowest point is almost 200 meters above sea level, doesn't mean that it isn't a prime country for scuba diving. Switzerland's lakes, rivers, and caves have some of the most mesmerizing diving sites in all of Europe.

Geography

Switzerland is located in central Europe, smack-dab between 3 European super-powers: Italy, France, and Germany.

The most notable feature of Switzerland's terrain is its mountainous region, the Swiss Alps. The Alps are an extensive mountain range that lies exclusively in Europe. Although 65% of Switzerland is covered by the Alps, only about 14% of the entire Alps are in Switzerland. And although the Swiss portion of the Alps is small, it contains some of the highest and most notable peaks in the entire range (alpenwild.com, 2018).

Languages

Switzerland has 4 official languages:

  • German,
  • French,
  • Italian,
  • Romansh.

German is the most widely spoken language, with roughly 63% of Swiss citizens claiming it as their native language (admin.ch, 2016). This does not necessarily mean that you can get by anywhere in Switzerland knowing only German, as the dominantly spoken language depends on which region you are in.

English is the most widely spoken foreign language, but you should only rely on it if you plan to stay in touristic cities exclusively. Diving centers in Switzerland tend to have English speaking guides and instructors in order to accommodate tourists.

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Climate

The climate in Switzerland is moderate. You can expect no excessive heat, cold or humidity.

In the summer, daytime temperatures range from 18 to 28 °C, and in the winter from -2 to 7 °C (myswitzerland.com, 2018).

Who said lake diving was boring?

You won't find any coral reefs in the lakes and rivers of Switzerland, but you will find shipwrecks, plane wrecks, awe-inspiring rock formations, and flourishing biodiversity.

Must-see diving sites in Switzerland

  • Lavertezzo - An awesome diving spot on the river Verzasca. Many passionate divers have even called it the best in the world. As this part of the river is largely carved out of rock, visibility is nearly crystal clear, and the rock formations are pure eye candy.
  • Shipwreck of the Hirondelle - A very well preserved shipwreck of a passenger steam boat located on Lake Geneva.

Other things to see and do in Switzerland

Hiking

Have you ever seen a gorgeous picture of a mountain with a snowy peak up high, and colorful, green meadow down below? Well it was probably taken in Switzerland. The landscapes and cities of Switzerland are like something out of a fairytale. Whether you visit a resort town like St. Moritz, or the capital, Bern, all you have to do is ask a local where the best views are — you will not be disappointed.

Should you go diving in Switzerland

The bottom line is: yes, absolutely. If you have the means, Switzerland is a great country for the avid diver (and even their whole family) to visit.

Do not waste your hard-earned money in this expensive country on an average lake dive, though. Do your research, and visit one of Switzerland's hidden diving gems — like Lavertezzo.